Ice Hockey Scholarships

The international influence in US collegiate ice-hockey has grown steadily over the last few years and currently 26% of all college hockey players come from outside of the United State.

In total there are 163 men’s and 103 women’s hockey programs, with most of them being in the northern and north-eastern states of the USA.

In those regions, the popularity of college hockey is way bigger than anything that hockey fans from around the world are used to in their countries. While some hockey powerhouses such as the University of North Dakota, University of Wisconsin, or the University of Minnesota average around 10,000 spectators per game, the all-time attendance record was broken in 2010 when over 104,000 people were in attendance at Michigan Stadium for the rivalry game between the University of Michigan and Michigan State.


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To date, we've sent over 35,000 young men and women to the US. Securing over £300 million in scholarship awards and finding a place for every single qualifying applicant.

Every year, thousands of student-athletes and their families come face-to-face with the difficult challenge of securing a scholarship to an American university. What they often discover is that navigating university options is stressful enough, and adding sports into the mix brings it to a whole new level.

Even for those who do a little recruiting homework, they are often left with more questions, very few simple answers and an uneasy feeling they are somehow falling behind.

At FirstPoint, we understand what you’re going through. Many of us have experienced first-hand what the scholarship recruiting experience is like—as players and as coaches. And that experience, combined with our advanced online technology, expansive college coach network and proven recruiting methods, helps thousands of student-athletes and their families take control of their recruiting experience.

Whether you are a first-year high school student or a national ranked athlete, FirstPoint helps take the stress of uncertainty out of your scholarship journey by putting a plan in place to help you find your best university options in the USA.

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What our Student-Athletes say about us

Jude Swailes
"really helpful and cared"

I asked a few people on who to contact to help me with getting through to a scholar in USA, everyone mentioned First point USA! They were really helpful and cared from the start as I had a zoom meeting, not just caring but were really honest and thorough with what they do. I mainly spoke to Craig at first point... top bloke! He helped me with specific requests on where I wanted to go in America and within a matter of weeks I was where I wanted to be. Would recommend First Point USA to anyone trying to get a scholarship in America.

Jude Swailes

Katie Godden
"there is no comparison"

Have to say very impressed with the help and service we have received. Having had experience of another company who offer same service can honestly say there is no comparison. FirstPoint are genuinely interested in their athletes will walk you through the process and give you the best advise. Gemma is our contact and has been wonderful. Sign up early is best advise so you can understand what exams you should be taking for your best outcome. Playing footage is paramount.Would definitely recommend .

Sandra Godden

Josh Hendry
"I couldn't be happier"

I couldn't be happier with my experience working with Firstpoint USA. Having just graduated from university in South Carolina, I am so grateful for the life changing experience and opportunities that have been available to me as an NCAA DI student athlete. None of which would have been possible without the expertise and knowledge of the staff at Firstpoint USA. Would highly recommend FPUSA to anyone thinking about going to university in the USA

Josh Hendry

Frequently Asked Questions

Not all colleges that are eligible to offer scholarships will choose to do so. For example, Ivy League schools choose not to offer athletic scholarships.

Hockey is an equivalency sport, which means all scholarships are not full scholarships. For example, in NCAA Division I, hockey coaches can divide the value of the 18 scholarships available to them between as many players as they see fit.

  • NCAA Division I has 36 colleges offering 18 Scholarships per team.
  • NCAA Division II has 67 colleges offering 18 Scholarships per team.
  • NCAA Division III has 26 colleges with athletic scholarships unavailable.
  • AHCA has 54 colleges with athletic scholarships unavailable.

You do not have to be the right size and weight but being undersized makes the process more challenging.

  • NCAA Division I
    • Height: 5 ft. 4 in. or higher
    • Weight: 120+ lb.
  • NCAA Division II
    • Height: 5 ft. 3 in. or higher
    • Weight: 115+ lb.
  • Junior College
    • Height: 5 ft. 4 in. or higher
    • Weight: 120+ lb.

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